Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The extremely popular and lucrative Supreme Ventures 2-Y-O Series kicks off at Caymanas Park on Saturday, October 19, with the ninth running of the Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy over 1200 metres with a purse of $2.95 million.
Offering $10.8 million in total prize money, the triple-crown series for native-bred two-year-olds will continue on November 30 with the $3.6 million Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, culminating on Boxing Day, Thursday, December 26, with the 101st running of the SVL Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile with a whopping purse of $4.25 million.
Details were outlined by representatives of the sponsors and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) at yesterday's launch at the Courtleigh Hotel, New Kingston.
Sonia Davidson, vice-president group corporate communications, said SVL has donated $6.55 million to the purse of all three graded two-year-old races, including the million-dollar bonus to the owner of the horse good enough to win all three races. Since its inception in 2005, no two-year-old has won all three.
"The three races have become the most exciting for two-year-olds on the calendar ... . It's the first of its kind in Jamaica, the English-speaking Caribbean and possibly the world," noted Davidson.
"Our company's partnership for this horse racing series is borne out of a long-standing relationship with CTL and extends way beyond the four meets we sponsor annually, including the SVL Lotto Classic for the Governor's Cup raceday in May.
"Our association has been further cemented with the JustBet sports betting offering at the track and throughout CTL's off-track betting parlours," said Davidson, who was quick to add that SVL would once again assign its lottery gaming brands to each raceday, offering cash prizes between $1,000 and $36,000 to lucky punters in a Dip in the Cash Pot promotion.
Also speaking was CTL's racing secretary, Denzil Miller Jr, who noted that the series had been very successful and over the years, had produced winners who had gone on to classic glory, including BRUCEONTHELOOSE in 2008, and in 2012, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who went on to win this year's Derby and St Leger.
Miller said there are 11 winners from the two-year-old crop, including the exciting unbeaten filly PRINCESS POPSTAR from the Philip Feanny stable and the Ian Parsard-trained BOY WONDER, who is also unbeaten. Both are expected to face the starter on October 19 along with INSANE BOLT, WOMAN IS BOSS, LIAR LIAR, BLADE RUNNER, SANTANA, MOM RULES, KICK N PLAY, and stable-companion QUEEN PAULA from the stables of leading two-year-old owner, trainer, and breeder Lorenzo Robinson.
In his address, CTL's newly appointed chairman, Christopher Brown, disclosed that fractional betting would come on stream later this month.
He added that a CTL delegation including himself and CEO Cedric Stewart would journey to Trinidad and Tobago shortly to look at telephone betting in that country with a view to setting up a similar model in Jamaica.